||[Jan. 23rd, 2003|09:32 pm]
The offending auctions were canceled. Lol, I wonder what the seller will do with the paintings now? Hehe, my alternate plan was to actually bid on the paintings, and to see what happened.... ;)
Now, I think I deserve a nice drink of apricot brandy mixed with diet Sprite!!
"apricot brandy mixed with diet Sprite"
:)mmmmmmmmmmmmm sounds yummy!
I'm glad it all worked out. :) Did she ever respond to your e-mail?
Yes - actually she emailed me this morning. She admitted to the copies, and explained that she was trying to learn how to paint by copying my art. I told her that a lot of people learn how to paint that way, but there's a big difference between that and then trying to sell it for a profit on eBay, lol. She apologized profusely, and I explained to her a little more about copyrights, how to create original poses without using any sort of copyrighted reference, etc. Hopefully she's learned her lesson now!
Uck! I am so sorry that has happened to you. That girl is pretty stupid..Did she know how popular you are on ebay?? Of course someone would recognize similarities and report her.
And what bugs me is how people dont understand why its wrong. They wonder why you dont think its flattering.
Ergh, stupid people...
Oh I know - I got TONS of emails from my regular customers, regular bidders, random eBay people etc. Some of her auction titles were almost identical to mine (Gothic Fantasy Original Fairy art Painting, etc.) so lots of people clicked on the auctions thinking maybe it was one of mine lol. I often search similar key words on eBay, so I probably would have run across them sooner or later!
That totally sucks about your wallet by the way - I'm terrified I'll lose mine now, especially since so much of my online business (Paypal, my credit card merchant account, eBay stuff, website stuff, etc.) is tied into my credit/debit cards, etc. Grrr.